THE Bradford Premier League have become the latest organisation to postpone Saturday’s season openers due to wet weather.

They follow the North Yorkshire & South Durham League and Craven League in doing so.

The Bradford Premier League issued a statement this lunchtime which read: “Following this week’s very wet weather, which has come on the back of one of the wettest months of March for years, the management board have consulted with clubs on the state of their grounds and have decided to postpone all of Saturday’s fixtures.

“Members of the board have also visited many grounds in the last 24 hours. All 47 clubs responded to the consultation and the overwhelming view is that grounds will not be ready, and 39 of the 47 respondents supported postponing the fixtures to a date later in the season.

“A significant majority for postponement was evident in all four divisions. The league has therefore decided to delay the start of the season by one week.

“The management board would like to place on record their appreciation to all club’s groundstaff who have put in such a huge amount of work to try and get their grounds fit to play.

“The weather forecast for the weekend and coming week is much better and it is hoped clubs can use this time to get grounds ready for the delayed start.

“A decision on the revised date for these fixtures will be made shortly. Only players registered by 6pm on Friday, April 14 and eligible to have played on Saturday will be able to feature on the re-arranged date.”

While all of the re-arranged matches may not be played on the same day due to a potential shortage of umpires, it is likely that all matches in a division will be played on the same day in order to be fair to all.